Events for November 2, 2017
Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—admission to the galleries is free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm.
Follow your child’s natural instinct to wiggle, squeal and make a mess while exploring the creative process.
Best for ages 12 months – 5 years and their grown-ups (siblings welcome)
Little ones learn best through intuitive, open-ended play that feeds their senses. Follow your child’s natural instinct to wiggle, squeal and make a mess while exploring the creative process. Our playdates are structured to be child-led and come with our Live Creative Mess Guarantee: Please dress for experimentation with messy mediums and prepare to be inspired by your child’s creative collaborations and concoctions!
Free for members. $10/non-member child.
Registration required. Register online using the button / link below, or call 330.376.9186.
Creative Playdates are made possible with support from the Robert O. & Annamae Orr Family Foundation.
Synapse Lecture: Rachel Sussman
Join artist Rachel Sussman as she discusses her series The Oldest Living Things in the World, as well as her Sidewalk Kintsukuroi series.
Synapse Lecture: Rachel Sussman
Free and open to all
Rachel Sussman is a contemporary artist based in Brooklyn. Her critically acclaimed, decade-long project The Oldest Living Things in the World combines art, science and philosophy into a traveling exhibition and New York Times bestselling book. After conducting research and consulting with biologists, the artist traveled the world to photograph continuously living organisms 2,000 years old and older. Sussman’s series Sidewalk Kintsukuroi expands the traditional Japanese art of kintsukuroi—the practice of repairing cracks in ceramics by filling them with gold—by taking it, literally, out into the streets. In 2014, she began developing new installation work deepening her explorations of personal and cosmic time, the universe, nature, philosophy, and beauty.
Sussman is a Guggenheim, NYFA, and MacDowell Colony Fellow, and two-time TED speaker. She is currently an artist in residence with the SETI Institute. Her exhibition record spans more than a decade in museums and galleries in the US, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. With the support of the LACMA Lab, and working with SpaceX, NASA, and CERN, and her new work can be found at MASS MoCA, the New Museum Los Gatos, and the Des Moines Art Center.
Photographs from Sussman’s Sidewalk Kintsukuroi series are on view at the Akron Art Museum as part of the exhibition Alchemy: Transformations in Gold, Oct. 7, 2017 – Jan. 21, 2018. In early November, Sussman will install a Sidewalk Kintsukuroi in the museum’s lobby by filling a crack in the concrete with gold.
image 1: Rachel Sussman, Study for Sidewalk Kintsukuroi #11 (Toluca Lake, California), 2017, enamel and metallic dust on archival pigment print, 8 1/2 x 11 in. Courtesy of the artist. image 2: Rachel Sussman, Welwitchia mirabilis #0707-22411 (2,000 years old, Namib Naukluft Desert, Namibia), courtesy of the artist.
The Synapse series explores enlightened collaborations between art and science. This initiative at The University of Akron probes the ideas, images, and mutual interests connecting art and science professionals and disciplines. The Synapse series is funded through the generous support of the Knight Foundation.